The wait is over. From tomorrow (Monday) the 386,050 applicants for the 2018 Virgin Money London Marathon will find out if they have been successful in the ballot and have a place in the race on Sunday 22 April.
The world record number of hopefuls was 73,586 up from the previous UK applicant record of 253,930 for the 2017 event – an increase of nearly 29 per cent. A total of 58,534 people applied in the overseas ballot. Just over 58% of the UK applications for 2018 were from people who have never run a marathon and more than 45% of the total UK applicants were women (also a new record).
The ballot is a completely random draw, just like the National Lottery, so everyone who applies has an equal chance of success.
Everyone who has won a place in the ballot will receive a confirmation letter and magazine through the post. Unsuccessful applicants will receive either a magazine or will be emailed an e-zine.
Applicants who have not received their ballot result are asked to wait until Monday 9 October before contacting the London Marathon helpdesk.
“The Virgin Money London Marathon is the most popular marathon on the planet with a world record number of people applying in the ballot for 2018. Unfortunately that means a huge number of people will be disappointed after the ballot,” said Hugh Brasher, Event Director of the Virgin Money London Marathon. “But I’d remind everyone that there is still a chance to gain a place in the 2018 race by fundraising for a charity. Charities with places available are listed on our website.”
Runners in the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon raised more than £61.5 million for charity setting a new record for an annual single day charity fundraising event for the eleventh successive year. That brought the total raised for charity by the worlds greatest marathon to more than £890 million since the event was founded in 1981.
About the Virgin Money London Marathon
The 2018 Virgin Money London Marathon takes place on Sunday 22 April. For more information, please visit VirginMoneyLondonMarathon.com.
The London Marathon was first held on 29 March 1981
Since 1981, The London Marathon Charitable Trust has awarded grants totalling more than £66 million to 1,170+ organisations in London, Surrey and other areas